Friday 7 August, 8 PM
Saturday 8 August, 8 PM
A behind the scenes feature will begin 15 mins before the production
A live-stream socially distanced production of two theatre pieces by playwright Edward Allan Baker, North of Providence and Dolores, directed by MA Drama Directing graduate, Victor Lirio.
These productions were cancelled due to the global lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent UK government’s ease on restrictions and new social distancing guidelines has allowed for these local theatre artists to produce an innovative, filmed live theatre performance using multi-camera live-stream technology of Mavis.
NORTH OF PROVIDENCE AND DOLORES
One Act Plays by Edward Allan Baker
Directed by Victor Lirio
Designed by Carly Brownbridge
North of Providence journeys through a painful crisis between brother and sister, uncovering old family wounds on the last day of their father’s life. Bobbie has burrowed himself in his parents’ home and is confronted by the over-bearing Carol to come to the hospital. Bobbie attempts to push Carol and the reality of his dying father away, but she persists, awakening him to the bitter truth.
“In ‘North of Providence,’ Edward Allan Baker takes a painful domestic crisis and transforms it into a one-act play of emotional depth and conviction.” – New York Times
Set in Rhode Island, Dolores is the story of two sisters drawn together by domestic violence which influences the lives of both characters far more than they admit to anyone, even themselves. Sandra is home alone, enjoying her weekly break from her husband and kids, when Dolores shows up with a black eye from her abusive husband. She is in desperate need of Sandra’s help. Through the course of the play, it becomes clear that Dolores is an unwelcome explicit reminder of the brutality Sandra tries to overlook in her own life.
“Baker’s writing is delicate and sensitive – he has the unique ability to create situations and conversations that are both humorous and disturbing.” – Beyond Broadway
A pre-show will begin at 7.45pm exploring the production and the exciting technology it uses.
Image: Ed Felton
Age Guidance 14+
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All members of production and technical teams are ‘COVID 19 Safety at Work’ certified and ‘Coronavirus Awareness on Production’ trained. Best practice for health and safety will be strongly enforced during production.
Copyright © 2020. This livestream and digital recording was produced by special arrangement with the playwright, Edward Allan Baker. No part of this livestream and digital recording may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including embedding, external recording, or other electronic, digital, or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the playwright, except for websites operated and run by Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.
Tune in from 7.45pm on each day to see behind the scenes on the shows. Please note that you will need to follow the links below to watch on YouTube.
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Jonathan Brecknell, Director/Owner of Urban Creation, said: “The pandemic has been tough for many sectors including the performing arts, an industry at peril that has been an integral part of our culture since the Restoration. We are in the midst of a cultural catastrophe. Now, more than ever, we need to support the arts. Urban Creation builds creative spaces and it is our pleasure to partner with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School artists and provide them with a soundstage space so that they can finish what they started before the lockdown happened. It is our small way of supporting our local artists.”
Find out more about the show from the director, Victor.
About the upcoming production Victor commented: “This production was part of the Directors’ Cuts season originally scheduled at The Wardrobe Theatre in May as our final year directing and design collaboration project. We are grateful to Jonathan Brecknell and Urban Creation for providing us with a creative space to transform into a soundstage for socially distanced livestream. Because of this, we are able to amplify this theatre production to virtual audiences by using the internet, film and television broadcasting techniques. We will be able to reach a much wider audience than we would have reached in a traditional theatre space.”
James Burman Bobbie
Nancy Farino Carol
Chanel Waddock Dolores
Esmée Cook Sandra
joePlaywright Edward Allan Baker
Director Victor Lirio
Designer Carly Brownbridge
Associate Producer Sara Mikulla
COVID Supervisor Hebe Perry
Stage Manager Frederick Macleod
Deputy Stage Manager Leila Glen
Lighting Designer Joel Williams
Sound Designer Oli Wareham
Wardrobe Supervisor Evie Akerman
Director of Photography Paul Dudbridge
Camera Directors Tim Newton, Phil Watten
Script Supervisor Sara Mikulla
Camera Operators Paul Dudbridge, Maya Barker and Elkie McCrimmon